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One of the fastest ways to become a mompreneur is to use your skills as a freelancer. Whether you’re a writer or designer, it’s quick and easy to get started and the upfront investment is minimal. You don’t need to stock inventory or worry about shipping products. All you need is an Internet connection, a computer and a way to market yourself.

However, not everyone who tries succeeds. But there’s a lot you can do to tilt the odds in your favor.

Here are three ideas of how to divide your time and ensure your success as a freelancer.

1. Enhance your skills – or learn a freelance skill.

When you first get started as a freelancer you should spend some time each day enhancing your skills. Even 10 minutes can be helpful. During that time, you could read part of a book, read an article on an industry blog, or watch a training video.

If you’re an experienced freelancer, you should commit to getting on-going education. If you’re in a fast moving field (anything related to technology or the internet) you need to keep up with what’s going on in the industry and keep your skills up to date. One of the best ways to do this is to join an educational website dedicated to your success.

Check out WealthyWebWriter.com to learn more about web writing and to see if you have what it takes to become a freelance web writer. If you are already a web writer and looking for on-going support and training, the Wealthy Web Writer is for you, too.

2. Take action.

Once you learn something, you must take action on it. Whether you’re learning a brand new skill or increasing your existing skills, it’s important to practice what you learn. In fact, most successful people credit consistent action for their success.

If you find yourself shying away from activities that require you to reach out to other human beings, remember marketing is a necessary part of growing a freelance business. Choose activities your comfortable with to get the word out about your services. Stuff like guest blog posting and networking through social media sites can be fun and beneficial.

3. Get or stay motivated.

Finally, to be a successful freelancer, you need to get and stay motivated. Be careful how much time you dedicate to motivation because it can’t take the place of learning or taking action. But motivation can help you keep going when you’re tired, short on time, or feeling discouraged.

By enhancing your skills and learning, taking action, and staying motivated you can move your freelance business forward in just minutes each day. Even just thirty minutes per day is enough to quickly add up and create a profitable freelance business. Of course, if you have more time, you don’t have to limit yourself to only 30 minutes a day.

If you don’t have one 30-minute block of time, try cutting your 30 minutes into three 10-minute chunks. Maybe 10 minutes first thing in the morning, 10 minutes at lunch and 10 minutes after the kids go to bed. Juggling a freelance career – especially if you’re just getting started – may take a lot of flexibility, but if you’re committed, you can get there.

So what about you? How do you move your business forward when time is really limited? Please comment below.

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